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February 13, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I don't know the proper person or office to address in this communiqu. Is it the Mayor of Fort Myers Beach, Town Safety Board, Sheriff Scott, Lee County Commissioners or whoever else?

Please pay close attention so this unbelievable situation can be remedied now.

I live on the south end of the beach, just north of the Holiday Inn. I walk across the boulevard a number of times each week, and also drive on the boulevard frequently. Any time of the day, crossing the boulevard comes with a degree of risk. However, the degree of risk at night is exponentially greater!!

Now, why is that?? Very simply, there are eight crosswalks. One crosswalk has poor illumination, and the other seven have practically no illumination. If you drive in either direction after sunset you will soon see the problem. The driver has extreme difficulty in seeing the pedestrian, and this is compounded by the fact that the pedestrian feels safe in the crosswalk, and is unaware that the driver cannot see him or her.

The solution is simple. Install high intensity lighting shining ON the crosswalk on both sides of the street. With that accomplished, the pedestrian can easily be seen by the driver. Anyone knows whom we should talk with to get this task accomplished?

Now, if we would like to go to the ultimate level of safety (without traffic lights), we should install speed bumps in front of the crosswalks on both sides -north and south. Traffic lights are really not feasible because of the eight crosswalks in the area. Speed bumps would cause the traffic to slow almost to a stop at each crosswalk, but would not impede the flow of traffic.

As a reminder the pedestrian must remember to be extremely careful, and accept responsibility for their own safety by not placing their life in the hands of the person behind the wheel.

We must resolve this now, and absolutely cannot defer the decision any longer.

Max Lawrence

President, Island Winds Condominium Association

Fort Myers Beach



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